A Field Guide to Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region

North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia

By Bruce A. Sorrie

392 pp., 5.5 x 8.5, 553 color plates., 2 drawings, 1 maps, appends., bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-7186-7
    Published: June 2011
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-0-8078-7788-3
    Published: June 2011
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-8498-5
    Published: June 2011

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Featuring over 600 wildflowers, flowering shrubs, and vines, this user-friendly field guide is the first to focus on the rare, fragile lands and species of the Sandhills region of the Carolinas and Georgia. Characterized by longleaf pine forests, rolling hills, abundant blackwater streams, several major rivers, and porous sandy soils, the Sandhills region stretches from Fayetteville, North Carolina, southwest to Columbus, Georgia, and represents the farthest advance of the Atlantic Ocean some 2 million years ago.

Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region is arranged by habitat, with color tabs to facilitate easy browsing of the nine different natural communities whose plants are described here. Bruce A. Sorrie, a botanist with over 30 years of experience, includes common plants, region-specific endemics, and local rarities, each with its own species description, and over 540 color photos for easy identification. The field guide's opening section includes an introduction to the Sandhills region's geology, soil types, and special relationship to fire ecology; an overview of rare species and present conservation efforts; a glossary and key to flower and leaf structures; and a listing of gardens, preserves, and parklands in the Sandhills region and nearby where wildflowers can be seen and appreciated. Wildflower enthusiasts and professional naturalists alike will find this comprehensive guide extremely useful.

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About the Author

Bruce A. Sorrie is a botanist for the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program.
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"Focusing on the unique flora and plant communities of the Sandhills, this excellent field guide will be a valuable resource for the general public and trained botanists alike. Bruce Sorrie brings important conservation attention to this beautiful, under-valued region, encouraging readers to get to know, love, and preserve this area."--Linda Chafin, State Botanical Garden of Georgia

"This comprehensive field guide, written by one of the foremost authorities on the Sandhills ecosystem, provides an excellent approach to exploring and discovering the wildflowers of the Sandhills' entire tri-state area."--James Hardin, Professor Emeritus of Botany, North Carolina State University